Saturday, January 4, 2014

2013 review in photos

After thinking about how I wanted to start blogging again, I figured the first of the year is a perfect time to start.  I thought of many ways to sort of end the old and start the new.  I could answer questions geared towards things I did, and didn't do, things I hope to do, personal things about me, but it all sounded like to much work after a year that kicked my ass. 2013 was a bitch of year for me, the loss of my 18 year companion kitty, HRH Aretmis, and the diagnosis of my Fathers terminal liver cancer bookended my year in suckville.

I decided that a photo journey of the few things this year that had great impact on me would be best. I will add a little bit about each photo, but will leave it up to you to surmise 2013 with your own eyes.

Happy 2014

HRH Sir Artemis RIP kitty 

                            Crafting adventure with The Makerie in Boulder

                                           San Fran for wine and tours
                                         The gardens at Alcatraz

Birthday high tea at The Brown Palace & Blanket Lisa and I made for Jenn, Well, Lisa did most of the work,  especially fixing my lame ass squares.

     1st Rockies game in years with my Cousin Lisa and God Daughter Jordyn
           End of the season Rockie game with my Dad, just about a week before he got sick
    Sunrise in the hospital lobby while getting a moments peace after sitting with my Dad

            A beautiful fall day completely lost on me as I am consumed with sadness and anger
Punkin Chunkin with my brothers team, all I wanted was a cold beer and some peace and quiet 

  Dad and the men in the family making traditional popcorn balls

 Sitting with my Dad while he gets a chemo infusion

 Ending the year on a good note, Christmas tea with my Mom at the Brown Palace

Saturday, July 27, 2013

July 27, 2013

Much has been going on in the garden, so much to catch you up on, but for now, a quick summary of  today's harvest, there was okra, tomatoes, basil, Thai chili's, and zucchini. More to come soon, just a quick hello and current image of the garden this year. Happy gardening, if your hands are clean, your doing it wrong!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Frosty Morning

Its been awhile since I posted, all summer has gone by without one post from me updating the garden. The reason for that, is I was not able to post photos all that time, I was posting photos in their raw form, (opps :)) and kinda got locked out of the account for a bit. I think I have it all figured out now, just in time to post a picture of the frost from this morning, and few others from this week that I like.

 Naturally since its been so long I have to include a photo of Arty. He was watching his reflection in the water, and then just stared at me while I was taking pictures, it was kinda goofy and I love the pic with the garden in the background.
 Here is a shot of the Ghost peppers, aka Bhut Jolokia I grew this summer, finally got them to flower, and produce fruit. I think mother nature giving us over 71 days of 90+ degree really did the trick this year! My family was brave and tried them, brought 4 men to tears and made them drool in pain :).
Now that I have the photo problem figured out, hopefully, I will be updating with more photos from the summer and with plans for winter work to make the garden easier for next year. Thanks for stopping by, sorry for the long delay in posting, I'll get caught up!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4th already....

 I can't believe it's July 4th already, man, time is flying by. Spending all my time trying to figure out how to keep the garden from burning up, and keeping me and the cat cool have just made time fly. Having the hottest temps on record for June kept me scrambling to keep things calm in the garden. I did lose most of my peas to the heat, they just can't take it. The potatoes look like they will be next, but the peppers, pumpkins and squashes seem happy.
 I have a few little pumpkins on the vines, they are getting curly and doing my favorite thing running their little green viney fingers all over the garden. I love those plants.
 The okra is doing well, its happy it also seems to be happy in the heat.

 I love this small okra budding out and doing its thing, it kinda looks like a little green fist, GREEN POWER! hehehe
 The new strawberry bed is doing really really well, I am so excited about that. Can't wait! I'm hoping that it just makes itself a nice little home so that next year it can really do some magic!
The corn is also feeling the heat, but mostly I think I need to add a few more watering spouts, the sides are doing good, but the middle is pretty weak. Not sure what will come of this, but as long as I have some cool tried corn stalks for decorating in the fall it will all be good. Gotta find the good side to things for sure :) More updates coming soon as well as a few other projects I am working on. Happy 4th everyone, stay cool and safe.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Heating up outside

 Things are cranking away in the garden right now, its absolutely wonderful! The first blossoms popped up this weekend on the okra and squash, and the potatoes are flowering already! This blanket flower has mutated into kinda  a triple head, its very very cool to watch it do its thing. The stem on that one is about 3 times the size as the others as well. Nature is amazing.The temps of 95+ the next few days should help the peppers, but my poor lettuces may get wilty, I need to find a covering for them.
 All the garden beds are full now, when I am starting my seeds it always seems like I will have way to much, then as I plant, I think, hmmm, I can make more room over here. Thats how I have now ended up with 14 beds...and plans of course for more. I have decided that all squashes need their own round beds, and that some of the existing beds with the fences need to be perennial things. I had hoped to have all the beds nailed down by this summer so I could start putting in permanent stone semi-raised walls for them, but I just seem to keep finding room to add more beds, :) which is okay, I just need to take a summer and make them all permanent. I also learned this week that you can hand pollinate squash, (and other plants I am sure) I have never tried that, but it might interesting to see if I can do it.

 The peas are coming in nicely they are at least 3 feet tall now and producing many many delicious little pods. I have tons of tomato plants, including a few donor plants from my friend Marsha that are climbers. I have never tried that with Tomatoes, so it should be a learning experience for me, but I am excited for it.
 The potatoes have grown completely out of the trash can. I neighbor told me he tried it last year and it did not work so well, that they were to crowded and ended up small. he suggested that I just rip them out now and plant them in the dirt, but I think I am going to stick with this and see how they turn out.  On another horseradish note, it has now taken over the garlic, which is not cool, but since I can move the garlic at the end of the season I think that horseradish will be declared the winner yet again. I have such a love/hate relationship with that plant! mmmmm wish it wasn't so tasty!
As always, HRH Arty hung out in the shade while I worked this weekend in the yard. He is such a goof. Also want to send a shout out for prayers and happy vibes to my Cousin and best friend Lisa who lives in the Poudre Canyon here in Colorado. The canyon is on fire right now, and  we are hoping for the best. I was able to make a run up and bring home some her things just in case, but keep them, and all the residents up there in your hearts.
 This is a shot of the fire as I drove up on Thursday to get a truckload of stuff off the mountain for my Cousin and her family.
This is my Cousin Lisa, Justin, and Jordyn over there on the John Deere. They have a lovely 100+ year old cabin right on the river, my thoughts are with them and all the other family and friends in the Canyon, hang in there guys!! Much love, have a beautiful day!
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